Identify and minimize manufacturing defects in plastic parts and injection molds, reducing rework and improving quality.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics: Why Choose It?

With SOLIDWORKS Plastics, you can analyze plastic parts and injection molds easily. You can quickly assess part manufacturability while designing by simulating how melted plastic flows during injection molding.
Why choose SOLIDWORKS plastics

What Is the Best SOLIDWORKS Plastics Package for You?

Plastics Standard

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard

When designing parts, ensure they are manufacturable. SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard allows you to optimize for form, fit, and function while analyzing and modifying part designs in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD.
Plastics Professional

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional

Plastics Professional builds upon SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard for mold analysis. The software enables easy analysis of single- and multi-cavity mold layouts, including sprues, runners, and gates, as well as estimating cycle times and optimizing feed systems.
Plastics Premium

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium

There is no better tool for injection molding analysis than SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium. You can use all of SOLIDWORKS Plastics’ tools with Plastics Premium. It also allows you to analyze mold cooling lines and parts warping. By optimizing cooling lines, designers can minimize manufacturing costs and cycle times.

Package Comparison Matrix

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium

Ease of Use

SOLIDWORKS Plastics fully integrates into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD for ease of use and data integrity. Toolbars, menus, and context-sensitive right-click menus look and behave like SOLIDWORKS’ user interface (UI). Plastics include a built-in tutorial and searchable online help database to help users learn about and resolve problems.

Design Data Reuse

SOLIDWORKS Plastics supports SOLIDWORKS materials and configurations to analyze multiple loads and product designs easily.

Materials Database

A built-in material library lets you browse and select from 4,000+ thermoplastic grades.


The following meshing features are available in SOLIDWORKS Plastics:

  • Setup wizard for mesh generation and analysis
  • An automatic meshing system
  • Mesh refinement at the local level
  • Mesh refinement at the global level
  • (Shell) Boundary Mesh
  • Solid 3D mesh
Parallel Computing (Multi-core)

A multi-core CPU powers the 3D Solver (multiple threads).

Filling Phase (1st Stage Injection)

Calculates how a material will fill the cavity. In addition to detecting potential short shots and weld lines, the results include pressure distribution and temperature distribution within the cavity.

Instantaneous Fill Time Plot

At the end of the filling cycle, it predicts the plastic flow pattern through the cavity.

Sink Mark Analysis

Once the part has been ejected and cooled to room temperature, this tool predicts sink marks’ depth.

eDrawings Support

Users can export results to eDrawings.

Fill Time

It shows the time it takes to fill the entire mold.

Ease of Fill

A ‘confidence of fill’ legend indicates how well the injection process went.

Results Adviser

Analyzing results with the help of a user assistant.

Pressure at the End of Fill

This display shows the maximum pressure designers should apply to fill the cavity.

Flow Front Temperature

This graph displays the melt front temperature over time.

Temperature at End of Fill

At the end of the fill, this field displays the Cavity Temperature.

Shear Rate

Checks the injection process quality by displaying the shear rate reached at the end of filling.

Cooling Time

Calculates cooling time based on fill time analysis.

Weld Lines

The weld lines are visible where two (or more) melt fronts meet on the part.

Air Traps

Identifies where high-pressure air may be trapped inside a cavity.

Sink Marks

Shows sink mark locations.

Frozen Layer Fraction at End of Fill

At the end of fill, this display shows the fraction of frozen material present in the part.

Clamp Force

This indicator shows the minimum clamp force required for the current injection process.

Cycle Time

This display shows the current injection cycle time.

Symmetry Analysis

In symmetrical mold layouts, avoid simulating both cavities to save computer time.

Packing Phase (2nd Stage Injection)

Analyzes the freezing of the material in the cavity. Calculates hotspots, gate freezes, and cycle times based on predicted temperatures. Additionally, pressure, stress, and shrinkage distributions are available.

Runner Balancing

Optimizes the runner parameters to ensure that parts are filled equally.

Runner Design Wizard

Creates sprues, runners, and gates, as well as other flow control devices.

Sprues and Runners

Users can do a simulation of sprue and runner layouts quickly and easily.

Hot and Cold Runners

As soon as the simulation starts, hot runners are filled with hot polymer.

Multi-Cavity Molds

This tool simulates multiple cavities of a single part in a single mold.

Family Molds

Provides a simulation of multiple cavity parts in a single mold.

Mold Inserts

Simulate the impact of mold inserts.

Volumetric Shrinkage

Graphs of the volumetric shrinkage distribution at the end of filling or packing.

Density at End of Pack

Checks the quality of the pack phase by showing the density distribution at the end of the filling process.


Exports part geometry in STL or NASTRAN formats.

Export with Mechanical Properties ABAQUS, ANSYS, DigiMat

Non-linear analysis can be performed by exporting mesh, residual stress, fiber orientation, and material data.

Cooling Lines

Analyzes mold cooling by simulating coolant flow inside.

Baffles and Bubblers

Specifically designed cooling line for narrow cavity channels.

Conformal Cooling Channels

To perform rapid uniform cooling, cooling passageways follow the contour of mold cores or cavities.

Runner Domain Category

Selecting the conditions best suit the runner by assigning a domain category to the runner is easy.

Sink Mark Profiles

Shows the location and depth of sink marks.

Mold Temperature at Cooling End

Shows the distribution of mold temperatures at the cooling end of the mold.

Displacement Due to Residual Stress

Displays displacement distributions caused by in-mold stress.

Technical Support

The Best Technical Support in the Industry

We at TPM have extensive knowledge of SOLIDWORKS and can assist you in achieving success using the software. You can count on our industry-leading team for assistance with any task you may need.

Customer Service

Quick Response Customer Service

Providing you with quick and accurate customer service is a priority of TPM’s Customer Experience team. We are here to help you no matter your business goals, whether it’s a question about your subscription or services.

Training for Manufacturers


TPM offers SOLIDWORKS training online and in person, taught by certified SOLIDWORKS instructors. TPM provides SOLIDWORKS certification preparation materials and a Course Completion Certificate to each student upon completion.

  • Open enrollment courses or specialized courses
  • Instructors who are certified in SOLIDWORKS
  • Smaller and more focused classes